Three has urged the European Commission to go further in its proposals to cut roaming charges, saying the price of using a phone abroad should fall 'faster and more sharply'.
The Commission has proposed capping the cost of using data for the first time and also cutting the costs of making calls and texts abroad. It also is proposing that consumers can buy roaming services from rival operators from 2014.
In a blogpost on Three's website, Hugh Davies, director of corporate affairs, described the regulations as a 'good start', but added: 'At Three we’d still like to see things move quicker and the prices fall faster and more sharply. That doesn’t mean to say that we aren’t taking these changes very seriously. We’re actively exploring how we can make the most of the EU Commission’s decision, but in our view, the regulation is still a long way from the kind of parity that will allow you to use data on your smartphone however you want, wherever you are.'
Three, along with Which?, uSwitch and the Federation of Small Businesses, has been lobbying the UK Government to put pressure on the EU to set lower roaming limits. Under the European proposals, which were revealed last month, a downloaded megabyte will be reduced to 70 cents from July 2012. The cost of making a call abroad will be capped at 29 cents per minute and the cost of sending an SMS reduced to 11 cents.
Editor: Graeme Neill